Kissing In Cars
I can tell you exactly what this song is about because it was me who had it written for my wife. We got married when we were super young, and marriage is hard enough but add on being a 20yr old kids and you really have the odds stacked against you…we had our problems like everyone does but it was getting to a point where i was starting to loose hope that we would make it. So i went to my best Friend Jaime Preciado who i grew up with and was the best man at my wedding and asked him if he would help me write and record a song that i would sing on and give it to her as a Valentines day gift. i had a bunch of ideas for lyrics and he siggested that he would ask Vic to sing on it as his vocal talents far exceed mine. So they took the lyric ideas i gave them and ran with it.
The song is about having a 1st love and always trying so hard to make it work but because you are young and dumb you screwing up but trying so hard to make it work even if you dont know whats going to happen but as long as you love someone you always have a chance and this was the same with us…we broke up 2 or 3 times before getting engaged and when we did get engaged we caught grief for days, “your too young” blah blah blah but this was our “2nd chance” We knew we had “faith in our love” so we didnt care. “red lights flash in a car we’re kissing in” comes from a night when were about 19 just hanging out in her car making out and got busted by the cops because we were not allowed to be there. good times.We had so many things stacked against us that i always felt our whole relationship was hanging on by a thread. When we got married my mom toasted at the reception, “just make sure you always kiss eachother good night and everything will be ok” and that stuck with me to this day. Never go to bed bitter or angry.
The song randomly came up on my ipod so i decided to look up what people thought of it and here i am. So thats the story of how this song came to be.
I’d Rather Die Than Be Famous
This Song is about going to hollywood and reaching fame, but once the person reaches fame they get caught up and get addicted to drugs and alcohol.
The Balcony Scene
It is about taking chances with the one you love. Such as having adventures or giving a relationship a chance.
This song very openly features the Spanish side of Pierce The Veil’s music. We always try to incorporate at least a hint of Latin influence in every song, but with this one, we just went all the way with it. Lyrically, it’s about my dysfunctional relationship with a girl I couldn’t stop hurting over and over again. It’s meant to be her speaking to me, asking me why I’m not satisfied with what we had. I wanted to write it from her perspective to try and understand what she was going through at the time. It ends with her wanting to kill me for all the stuff I’ve put her through.
This is basically just the intro to “The Boy Who Could Fly.” We decided to separate the tracks because otherwise, the song would be around six minutes long. This short, little tune describes my unexplainable and undeniable recent obsession with Southern girls. The clean guitar tone is one of my favorite tones on the entire album. We used a Stratocaster with a custom amp to get the glassy and unique sound we were looking for.
The Boy Who Could Fly
We went back to our SoCal punk roots for this song. The entire thing is punk beats and super-fast guitar work. It’s almost therapeutic for me to play, because it represents everything that we loved playing as kids. Mike [Fuentes] is the fastest single kick drum player I’ve ever seen, so this song features him in all his glory. The lyrics talk about an unhealthy co-dependent relationship in which I couldn’t live without the other person because if you took her away, I would lose half of myself. It’s about obsession and desperation, and the stupid things you do when you’re in love. Musically it’s the craziest, most intense song we’ve ever written.
The last time I saw my ex-girlfriend, she left all kinds of random things behind at my house: travel shampoo, a razor in the shower, hair clips, etc. It was basically just a bunch of stuff that kept reminding me of her. After a while, it made me miss her, and I wondered why we ever broke up in the first place. When I wrote the music for the chorus, I knew right away that I wanted to ask my friend Jeremy McKinnon [of A Day To Remember] to do the screaming parts on the chorus and bridge. A few weeks after I wrote the song, I approached Jeremy with the idea and he agreed to sing on the album. It turned out to be one of my favorite tracks once we collaborated. One of my favorite things to do is make music with my friends. That collaboration makes the songs very special to me.
Fast Times At Clairemont High
This is a very selfish song that basically says, “If I can’t have you, then no one can.” I think this has gone through everyone’s head at least a couple times in their life. The theme of this album talks about these natural thoughts and feelings to want and take—the desire to be in love and the desperation for someone else to love you. This song deals with human nature and our selfish tendencies. I like the music because it has a hint of Michael Jackson influence.
The New National Anthem
I used to drive six hours just to see this girl that I liked. She was beautiful, but didn’t know it because she was from a small town. I went to her place once and it was completely empty because she was in the process of moving into another apartment. I remember making out with her in the dark in the middle of her empty carpeted floor. A lot of the lyrics are about that night. I recorded the intro to this song in our apartment in L.A. We used a lot of the original sounds from my ghetto little recording on the album.
I’ve always been obsessed with happy songs that have morbid lyrics. Lyrically, this song is one of the darkest I’ve ever written. It’s about being obsessed with someone to the point where you’re hurting yourself. A lot of it is written almost like a suicide note meant to be found by the one you love. It’s completely crazy and extreme, but it’s also comforting to say out loud the things you’re thinking sometimes.
Stay Away From My Friends
This is about my ex-girlfriend trying to stay in close contact with my friends even after we had broken up. We all need our friends to be there for us and help us out during hard times. I wrote the piano parts in my living room at home in San Diego. We wanted to challenge ourselves with this song and make it as different as possible from the rest of the album. We threw it right in the middle of the album as a sort of a breath of fresh air. My friend Dave Yaden played all the keys on this record, as well as on [2007’s A Flair For The Dramatic], and that took everything to the next level.
I Don’t Care If You’re Contagious
I wrote a great deal of these lyrics after a young fan had explained to me that her boyfriend had just recently died in a car accident. She told me that he held her hand for the first time at our one of our shows. She told me that she just wanted to thank us for being a part of their lives. This was one of the most shocking and heartbreaking things I’d ever heard. I wrote the song as a gift to her. It’s meant to be her boyfriend speaking to her, telling her that he is still watching over her and that he will love her forever.
This song is basically about a typical guy’s dream. It talks about girls, drinking and having the time of your life. It’s very poetic and drifts around just like a person’s mind would inside of a dream. I purposely just wrote down the first things that popped into my head. The chorus talks about building something beautiful only to destroy it. This is a very philosophical idea that I’ve played around with for a long time. I wrote most of the music in Florida with my good friend [former ADTR guitarist] Tom Denney. He and I worked on the music for this song, “The Boy Who Could Fly” and “The Sky Under The Sea.” Love you, Tom!
Million Dollar Houses (The Painter)
I wrote this song as a gift to my parents. It’s meant to be my dad talking to my mom. My dad has worked very hard his entire life as a painting contractor, struggling and fighting to make enough money to keep us going. We recently had to sell our house because things were just getting too expensive to afford anymore. This song is about how through all the years, my mom and dad have never let money tear them apart, and no matter how bad things got, they’ve always had each other. I strongly express my hatred for money and the way it sometimes fucks with people’s lives and families. All you need is love. The Beatles were right all along. Go figure.
The Sky Under The Sea
This song is about admitting, “I am the selfish machine.” It’s about being selfish with love and taking what you want without regret. The selfish machine refers to the animal inside all of us that no one ever wants to admit is there. I consider all of our evil thoughts and desires that we are ashamed of to be perfectly natural. We are all humans and no one is perfect, despite how morally good someone may think he or she is.
May These Noises Startle You In Your Sleep Tonight
“This is the intro track to the following song “Hell Above.” We separated the tracks because it felt like a good way to kick off the album. The lyrics talk about burning down the house that you grew up in because of all the terrible memories and experiences that you had there.”
“I wrote this song for all of our fans who feel like they don’t have a home or a place that they fit in. It was inspired by the letters, messages, and conversations that we’ve had with them over the last couple of years. In the choruses I sat “this is a wasteland, my only retreat.” I am referring to the shows that we play as a temporary home for those who need it. It May not be much, but at least it’s a place where we can forget about our problems for a little while.”
A Match Into Water
“I wrote this song for my ex-girlfriend who has been fighting breast cancer. She recently finished her chemo-therapy treatment and I wrote the lyrics about how proud I am of her for making it through all of the pain and the treatment all on her own. She’s the strongest girl I’ve ever known and I am inspired by her every day.”
King for a Day
“This song is about getting pushes past your breaking point. Sometimes I feel like there are just too many things weighing on my mind at once and I can’t control my thoughts or even my body at times. Mike came up with the title and I thought it was a perfect way to describe the song. We wrote the music for this song with my friends Curtis Peoples and Steve Miller in a cabin that we converted into a studio in Big Bear, California. For months, fans had been tweeting at me to do a song with Kellin Quinn from the band Sleeping with Sirens. I had never met him before, but we started talking on Twitter due to our mutual fans. I asked him if he’d be down to do a song together and the rest was history! Big thanks to our boy Kellin’s for joining forces and making something special with us.”
Bulls in the Bronx
“While we were recording, some kids sent us a message explaining that their friends, a young girl at the age 16, had just committed suicide. They explained that our band had meant a lot to her and felt that they should contact us to let us know what had happened. Attached to the message was a link to her Tumblr page where she posted a video explaining why it has all come to this and basically saying goodbye and apologizing to anyone who cares about her, even though she was convinces that no one really cared. It was heart breaking seeing such a young girl saying things like, she’ll “never be anything special” or that she was “ugly and disgusting.” This video haunted my for weeks and I ended up writing about her every once in a while.”
Props & Mayhem
“I wrote myself into the movie Attack the Block for this song. The film is about a bunch of thug kids in London who save the world from an alien invasion. I threw in a lot of personal experience and added a love story to make things interesting as well. I wrote the main riff and chords to the song on an instrument called a “Kalimba” that I bought in Switzerland while we were on tour.”
Tangled in the Great Escape
“I wrote this about one of my best friends who got hooked on some pretty serious drugs. It got to the point where I was so scared that if he didn’t get cleaned up soon, I knew he was going to die. I felt so powerless because I am always on tour and there’s no real way for me to help someone like this from so far away. I flew out to Detroit to do some co-writing with my friend B-South (Brian Southall). We had done a lot of work together on our side project Isles & Glaciers, so I hit him up to see if he’d be down to make some more songs. By the time I got back to San Diego we had written 5 songs in 5 days, but this was the one that fit the album the best. I asked our friend Jason Butler from the band letlive. To sing on this song for two reasons. One being that I have a lot of respect and admiration towards him as a singer and as a person. Two being that he is straight edge, and I thought maybe he could relate to the lyrics and topic in some way. Special thanks to Jason for bringing this song to life.”
I’m Low On Gas and You Need a Jacket
“I do a lot of writing while driving at night. During the time that I was at home writing lyrics for the album, I went on a few camping trips by myself along the coast. This song came to me while I was driving. It’s mostly wandering thoughts about my relationship with this girl back home. She sent me a blacked out drunk text once about some crazy party she was at, and it made me all over-protective and bitter that I wasn’t there. The title came from one of my favorite movies “Wayne’s World II.”
The First Punch
“The First Punch’ is about re-uniting with someone after you’ve both decided that we should just be friends. It’s about losing all self-control and letting your emotions guide you. It can make for an unhealthy relationship but sometimes we let our emotions get the best of us. We co-wrote the music for this song with our good friend Tom Denney in Florida. I always take at least one trip out there to write with Tom because our styles seem to work well together, plus it’s one of the only times that we really get to hang out so it’s always a good time!”
One Hundred Sleepless Nights
“This song is about watching the ones that you love move further and further away from you, and all because of this that neither of you can control. The lyrics are pretty literal and describe a night that I will remember for the rest of my life. Everything changed after that night and it’s left me pretty confused and unsatisfied.”
Stained Glass Eyes and Colorful Tears
“This song is about hoping for a better life for the one that you love. Standing by that person even if they are at their lowest point. It’s also about wanting to repay someone who has done so much for you, but never being able to.”
Hold On Till May
“A girl I used to date once told me that her parents neglected her as a child. She remembered climbing this tree in her backyard and hiding from them just to see if they would look for her, or even notice that she was gone. I always thought it was such a sad story and I wrote this song for her. It also talks about the ups and downs in a relationship that we’ve had recently.”